Habenaria ndiana Rendle 1895 SECTION Replicatae Kraenzl.Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part sun Cool Cold Summer

Common Name The Ndi Habenaria

Flower Size .75" [1.8 cm]

Found in Kenya, Uganada, Tanzania and Malawi in seepage slopes among rocks or in grasslands with poor soils at elevations of 1300 to 3000 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid to ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect, leafy stem carrying 4 to 16, the lowermost 1 to 3 are sheathing, the midddle suberect, linear-lanceolate and the upper grading into bracts-like leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long, densely several to many flowered inflorescence with scarious, shorter than the ovaries floral bracts .

Synonyms Bilabrella ndiana (Rendle) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003; Habenaria ingrata Rendle 1895; Habenaria similis Schltr. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1998;